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Gordon McGranahan is Principal Researcher in the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). He received his PhD in Development and Economics at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before coming to IIED, he worked for two years each at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the World Bank, and went on to spend the 1990s at the Stockholm Environment Institute, leading their Urban Environment Programme. He works on a range of urban environmental issues, with an emphasis on addressing poverty and environmental problems in and around the home, and researching how the critical scale of urban environmental burdens changes as cities become wealthier. He was the convening lead author of the Urban Systems chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. McGranahan has co-authored publications specifically on urbanization and food security, including: Urbanization and Food Prices: Technical Briefing (IIED and UNFPA, 2011), and “Urbanization and its implications for food and farming” (with Satterthwaite and Tacoli) in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences (2010), and “Is urbanization contributing to higher food prices?” (with Stage and Stage) in Environment and Urbanization (2010).